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That is not true - there are quite a few DSLRs with bodies small enough to allow camera/lens to be positioned at the NPP without the need to modify the crown. But equally there are many more which would require some sort of modification to the standard head to allow camera/lens to be positioned at ...
by Photosbykev
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Contest opening, to find a name for the new motorized head package !!
Replies: 55
Views: 16502

one of my entries is already void, I googled it and found another system using the name lol
by Photosbykev
Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Contest opening, to find a name for the new motorized head package !!
Replies: 55
Views: 16502

Will the Merlin be supplied modified to use cameras in Portrait mode i.e with a new crown and adjustable bracket or will the system, as sold, be limited to using the camera in landscape mode? Without the crown modification the Merlin isn't suitable for accurate pano work for dSLR cameras.
by Photosbykev
Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Contest opening, to find a name for the new motorized head package !!
Replies: 55
Views: 16502

By leaving off the D-hole machining they have reduced the manufacturing cost. The grubscrew in the side is a reasonable alternative but could easily be the cause of backlash problems as the grub screw will tend to slide on the the flat of the drive shaft. I ended up using a thin sheet of rubber gask...
by Photosbykev
Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Is this Teleskop-Austria Crown correct?
Replies: 42
Views: 10597

Papywizard is a very neat Pano calculator

I've been shooting some manual panos using a Canon 7D on a nn3 and ez-leveler, for simple fisheye style of panos it is much quicker. Papywizard running on a nokia N800 in simulation mode takes all the guesswork out of the pan and tilt step angles required for any lens selected and very useful if you...
by Photosbykev
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Papywizard is a very neat Pano calculator
Replies: 0
Views: 726

too late :( I knew I should of asked the experts (yet again) lol
by Photosbykev
Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Tour 1
Topic: Low resolution output from Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

The only Problem i can see is, there is not enough sharpness. Are you sure the Lens isnt the Problem? maybe compare: http://www.itecke.de/Touren/Tour2.html The lens is fine :) I can see rivet heads on the sides of the boats when viewing the master stitched panorama at 100%. I've ordered the KRPano ...
by Photosbykev
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:46 am
 
Forum: Autopano Tour 1
Topic: Low resolution output from Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

mediavets wrote:Yes - to overcome this limit you need an unlimited domains license for krpano.

Thank you for the prompt response Andrew, I thought that was the answer but wanted confirmation

regards
Kev
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:57 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Tour 1
Topic: Low resolution output from Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

Low resolution output from Tour

I've just completed a pano with a Canon 7D and 8mm Samyang fisheye lens and the stitched final image (12000x6000px) is full of detail. Using Tour to create the swf files with the quality settings on maximum the final output has lost a lot of the detail. The pano is here http://www.photosbykev.com/wo...
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:33 pm
 
Forum: Autopano Tour 1
Topic: Low resolution output from Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

']I concur, right now it's best to get i7, like i7-860 or other quad-core. Get at least another 4 gigs of RAM and use the computer upgrade as an opportunity to move to Windows 7 x64. Be on the lookout for MB that has USB 3.0 and SATA 6gbps (SATA 3.0). That should do it :) I ended up with the Gigaby...
by Photosbykev
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Time to upgrade the computer
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

even my fish have their own twitter account http://twitter.com/Fish_chat and webcam http://www.photosbykev.com/fishcam/ :)

but I am a old geek who loves gadgets and gizmos :)
by Photosbykev
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Will the mobile phone kill off pano photography?
Replies: 16
Views: 3490

gkaefer wrote:the ultimate ist waste of money. the prof does the same for less money (for panorama making tasks....)
Liebe Gruesse,
Georg

Not when the 64-bit Ultimate version cost me £57 for the upgrade version :)
by Photosbykev
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Time to upgrade the computer
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

Update: I've put together the following system: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate i7 930 2.8Ghz cpu running at 4Ghz on a Gigabyte UD3R motherboard. 6 Gb of Corsair 1600Mhz tri channel memory 120Gb SSD for the OS 2 x Seagate 2TB Sata 3 HDD for data 2 x 150Gb Raptors in Raid 0 for temp storage I kept the orig...
by Photosbykev
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Time to upgrade the computer
Replies: 26
Views: 7191

beautifully engineered piece of equipment, I assume the price includes a 1DS MkIV and L-series lens:)
by Photosbykev
Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: Gitzo: New Motorhead
Replies: 4
Views: 2531

With Tracking ON i.e press Guide + Slow together, then press Guide only the head tracks at 15 degrees/hour I can confirm this from a 2hr timelapse I shot yesterday. A previous timelapse on x4 did take approx. 1/4 of the time to cover the same angle
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Example of video shot from merlin
Replies: 11
Views: 9539

Nice results Kevin for your firts trials! Really promising !!! :) And you chose a "difficult subject" who is quite "non-statics" ! :/ This is more easy with landscapes, stars and in general with "distant" subjects ... The lighting was bouncing around a lot as there were clouds behind me covering th...
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Dedicated Tmelapse application
Replies: 38
Views: 22800

Added for completeness. This is the final timelapse video I shot using the Merlin head. http://vimeo.com/10171155 One thousand nine hundred and fifty 0.3 second exposures taken every 4 seconds for over 2 hours. The camera is mounted on a motorised pan/tilt head running at x1 sideral rate (15 degrees...
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Dedicated Tmelapse application
Replies: 38
Views: 22800

The speed factor in the manual is based on the sideral rate. At x1 the head moves 15 degrees/hour, x4 = 60degrees/hour etc.

I've done a quick test using the HD video capabiltiy on the Canon 7D and I can't see any evidence of microstepping in the video.
by Photosbykev
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Example of video shot from merlin
Replies: 11
Views: 9539

Gigapan Epic Pro for DSLRs - available in April - cost $895 in US: http://gigapansystems.com/gigapan-products/gigapan-epic-pro.html Well - finally they seem to become a bit more usable for DSLRs. Took them a long time, did it . . . :cool: best, Klaus But not cheap - and what price would it be after...
by Photosbykev
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Hardware (OLD)
Topic: Gigapan Epic Pro for DSLRs
Replies: 12
Views: 6123

Using the same post processing as the previous test but no directional blur effect was required I shot another test this morning. I've put both tests on the same page here http://www.photosbykev.com/wordpress/2010/03/11/cemaes-bay-harbour-timelapse/ This test uses the hand controller of the Merlin s...
by Photosbykev
Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Dedicated Tmelapse application
Replies: 38
Views: 22800

A lot of the KRPano effects are just gimmicks and should never be confused with real photography :)
by Photosbykev
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Panorama gallery / Galerie de panoramas
Topic: IR Pano Exercise
Replies: 11
Views: 4046

Good to see the community is thriving even if I did join the party pretty late :) Personally I would leave the name "Merlin" out of any new product title. It is the likes of Fma and Claude that made the key steps from taking the Merlin head from just another motorised astronomy head to a fully packa...
by Photosbykev
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Motorized panohead project: Merlin, Orion & Papywizard
Topic: WOW more than 150 Merliners !!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5781

Not so bad Kevin;) In you want to smooth more, you can "deflicker" ! I applied a directional blur in AE to smooth the image up and deflickered it in Premiere pro. Without losing more significant detail I wouldn't want to do much more to it. Bearing in mind this was shot with a Canon 10-22 lens @ 18...
by Photosbykev
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:03 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Dedicated Tmelapse application
Replies: 38
Views: 22800

a link to the test this morning using the Merlin head/N800 amd Papywizard with one of the Timelapse presets giving me 480 moves @ 0.1 degrees. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEIFaG9fKu8 . At full size the move - stop - shoot - move is visible. 1 hour 40 minutes compressed to 16 seconds. 480 separate...
by Photosbykev
Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: Dedicated Tmelapse application
Replies: 38
Views: 22800

sorry bruper, I did quickly scan the preset code but missed the acceleration ramp
by Photosbykev
Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Timelapse and related applications
Topic: [Papywizard] TimeLapse Preset Generator
Replies: 43
Views: 40214
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